I currently work at a private bank dealing with wealthy clients and this branch is closing due to the lease not being renewed. The person who holds the lease, Mr. X, is a regular client and comes in a couple times a week to conduct business with the teller line, where I am, and with our two customer service reps. This is a small branch, only 5 people regularly working downstairs and we’re very easygoing with the clients, it’s all about service and we tend to be on personal terms with most of them.
I recently broke up with my long-term boyfriend and since we’re so small, word has gotten around. Today the two customer service reps (one of which is my immediate supervisor) came up to tell me a couple clients asked about me, and the conversation moved to jokes about finding a wealthy client to date now. Not the best taste, I know, but it’s a recurring joke for the single ones. One CSR walks away and it’s just my boss and I…he tells me that Mr. X always asks about me, and kinda laughing, tells me he always says “**Lionne **sure has nice tits”!
Immediately, I tell him, “That’s not right, what do you say to that?” Boss tells me he just laughs it off, and I reply, “I can’t believe you don’t tell him that’s completely inappropriate and you won’t tolerate it.” Boss kinda shrugs and he’s uncomfortable with my reaction, but…wtf? I don’t care how much money he has or whether or not he owns the lease…that’s just wrong! I’m stunned that neither of them have ever said anything to Mr. X. There’s another story invovling the other CSR that I won’t get into but it was basically the same situation. Sexual harassment and it was waved away as, dunno…staying in good client terms or some shit. When I heard that story I was horrified, but I was the only one who seemed to care.
Apparently that’s the mentality around here.
Since the branch is closing, we’re not really sure of our future…we’re told that other branches in the area have the capacity to take us, but we don’t know whether we’ll all be offered jobs or laid off.
So, with my future up in the air and the mess of the lease owner being involved, should I take this to HR? My boss’s boss, who isn’t that sympathetic? Do nothing?
Who *says *that shit?